Sanjay Kapoor elected AICF President, Bharat Chauhan retains secretary’s post

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Sanjay Kapoor was elected president of the All India Chess Federation (AICF) whereas Bharat Singh Chauhan retained the secretary’s post within the polls held on-line on Monday.

Kapoor, representing Uttar Pradesh Chess Association, defeated incumbent P R Venketrama Raja in an in depth contest. Kapoor obtained 33 votes as towards 31 of Raja.

Chauhan beat Ravindra Dongre 35-29.

Naresh Sharma, belonging to the Chauhan faction, was elected as treasurer, beating Kishore Bandekar 34-30.

The AICF has been cut up into two factions, one led by Raja and the opposite by Chauhan. The two have been at loggerheads for a while over varied points, together with the conduct of the elections.

Several authorized battles had been fought previously one and a half yr and there have been situations when the president and the secretary suspended one another at totally different occasions.

After a long-drawn battle, a court-appointed observer Justice (retired) Ok Kannan presided over the election course of held on-line due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was the primary time since 2005 that the AICF elections noticed a contest because the candidates had been chosen unanimously within the final 15 years.

Apart from the president, secretary and treasurer, six vice-presidents and 6 joint secretaries had been additionally elected.

Kapoor stated he’ll work for the chess gamers and lovers of the game within the nation.

“We have created history. It is a victory for chess lovers. It is the beginning of a new era for chess players and chess lovers in the country,” Kapoor informed PTI.

He stated his imaginative and prescient was to develop the game on the grass-root stage and take it to the colleges big-time.

Chauhan stated it was a victory of chess and chess gamers as he promised to work for the betterment of the game.

“This is a victory of chess and chess players. We are going to work together…even the friends who have contested against us. We are one family. I appeal to them to work together for the sake of chess,” he stated.

“The new AICF will work with progressive ideas…no enmity, no hard feelings. We are going to talk about chess, we are going to work for chess,” Chauhan added.

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